Pen Pal Project

Dorothy Ware with her Hearthwood student in 2018The Pen Pal Project is Volunteer Connections longest running, community engagement program.  For over 25 years, adult volunteers are matched with area 5th graders for a monthly exchange of “pen pal” letters.  Adults and students know each other only by first name, and whatever they learn about one another over the course of the year, through the letters they exchange.  At the end of the school year, the Pen Pals meet for the one and only time at a special dessert party held at the student’s school.  The project gives the students a chance to practice their communication skills and the adults a chance to be a positive, supportive influence and learn about life from a 5th grade perspective.


In 2016, Evergreen Public Schools Administration made a video showcasing the project and it’s impact. Watch how this program has made a difference and enjoy a peak into a Pen Pal party! To volunteer as an adult Pen Pal, please contact


(To ensure your donation goes to the Pen Pal program, indicate"VC Volunteer Center" in the drop-down menu then click the donate button and note "Pen Pal program" in the "Write a note" area. Thanks!)

Photo captions: Top: Grandma Rose” Funk has been with the program since the beginning, here she is with her Crestline Students in 2018. Bottom: Dorothy Ware initiated the Pen Pal Program over 20 years ago, and she still writes to a student every year, here she is with her Hearthwood student in 2018

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